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Audit Report: OAS-B-03-01

April 28, 2003 

Power Marketing Administration Infrastructure Protection

The Department of Energy's Power Marketing Administrations (PMA) provide electric power used in homes, hospitals, financial institutions, and military installations. Customers in 22 Western and Southwestern states depend on the reliable and cost-effective delivery of this power. To provide this service, the PMAs maintain an infrastructure that includes electrical substations, high-voltage transmission lines and towers, and power system control centers. While protecting this critical infrastructure has always been important, it has received heightened awareness in the post-September 11th environment.